How Much You Should Be Tipping For Beauty Services

Knowing when and how much to tip for different beauty services is hard. The standard 15 to 20 percent rule applies in most cases but it can change under different circumstances.

This guide will help you know how much to tip for a facial, hair appointment, lash treatment, and more.

How Much to Tip at the Nail Salon

When getting a manicure or pedicure it’s always appreciated if you tip 20 percent — especially if you really like the result. “I like to compare it to at a restaurant where you tip between 15%-25% on the total of your bill,” celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders told This means the more work your nail technician does, the bigger their tip.

How Much to Tip For a Facial at a Spa

Depending on the type of facial you’re getting at a spa, the price can vary drastically. A good rule of thumb to go by is tipping your aesthetician 18 to 20 percent. “It also depends on how much you enjoyed your treatment,” said Saime Demirovic, a cofounder of Glo Spa NY. “The amount someone leaves as a tip can really send a message of how they felt about their facial.”

Keep in mind that if you arrive late (to any treatment, for that matter), you may want to tip a little extra to show your appreciation. “It probably means your aesthetician is forfeiting their lunch break for you,” she said.

How Much to Tip For Lash Services

The standard for lash lifts, lash tints, and eyelash extensions is to tip 20 percent, according to Heather Elrod, the CEO of Amazing Lash Studio. “Lash stylists undergo a great deal of training to perfect their craft,” she said. Again, if you are blown away by the results, consider throwing in a few extra dollars.

How Much to Tip For Waxing Services

For wax services, the overall price for a treatment usually varies by the size of the area you’re getting waxed, but that shouldn’t affect your tip. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting your armpits, bikini line, eyebrows, or full body waxed, a 20 percent tip on the overall price is satisfactory. “Similar to when one is at a restaurant and feel they have received excellent service or overall experience, tipping more is often customary,” said Helene Marie, a waxing expert at European Wax Center.

How Much to Tip at a Hair Salon

Hair salons can be tricky. In just one visit you can be seen by four people if you’re getting your hair washed, cut, colored, and styled. In those cases, “you should tip 20 percent on the price of each service individually,” said Jessica Barsamian, the CEO of The Belgrade Group. Assistants and hair washers should also be tipped, but $5 to $10 is enough to show your gratitude for their work.

There is an exception to the 20 percent rule. “Depending on how many processes you receive during a color treatment, they can all add up and it can become very expensive,” said Carolyn Aronson, the CEO and founder of It’s a 10 Haircare. In those instances when the bill is around $400 or more, she said it’s OK to tip slightly less, like 15 percent.

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